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Destiny Castle overlooking the hills of theeastern Free State. The castle courtyard in the early evening.(Images: Destiny Castle)RELATED ARTICLES• Wartrail – a winter wonderland• Rocking in the Cradle• Cape Town’s big noon bang• The Tour de Kruger: a wild rideMEDIA CONTACTS• Devlin FoggDestiny Castle+27 83 799 firstname.lastname@example.orgRichard HolmesSince the Normans and Visigoths first rampaged across Europe centuries ago, a castle has always been a place of refuge; somewhere to retreat to in times of peril, when the outside world threatens to break down all of your carefully laid defences; an impenetrable fortress where you’ll be safe from your worst enemies.South Africa’s Free State province may be thankfully free of marauding barbarians, but deadlines, emails and other office bores had been massing at the gates for some time, laying siege to my sanity. It was time to find a refuge.We hit the long road to Bethlehem, swung onto the R711 and, with quick stop in Clarens for a cappuccino and to marvel at how strip malls seem to be taking over, we’re off through Fouriesburg and out onto the R26. A left, another left and a bit of gravel, and we arrived at the castle gates.“Welcome to Destiny Castle,” says Devlin Fogg, who manages what is surely one of South Africa’s most unusual getaways. High on a sandstone plateau, what was once a local businessman’s folly, left in ruins for years, has been transformed into a fairytale castle to call your own.We park our cars in a barn full of drying thatch and climb into a plush 4×4 for the transfer up to the castle. The steep road is not town-car friendly, but if you have an off-road vehicle you’re welcome to drive up yourself.“For some of our guests this is the only time their 4×4 has been off-road!” laughs Devlin.On the plateau the road evens out, and lush fields of grass lead the way to the front door, with its welcoming – and suitably European – rose garden. Built of hefty sandstone blocks the structure looks like the perfect escape for a few days, and up close you get a sense of just how much thought has gone into the design of Destiny Castle.On three levels in the main turret you discover the grand dining room, private cinema and top-floor lounge. Here antique pianos wait to have their ivories tinkled and portraits of Jan Smuts and Emily Hobhouse gaze down from the walls, a nod to the Anglo Boer War history in the surrounding hills.But the highlight of the rough stone turret is the rooftop deck, a crennelated look-out offering spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. On still evenings you may be treated to a starlit braai up here, but it’s a fabulous sundowner spot any day of the week. A few distant lights may twinkle in the valleys, but otherwise it feels like you have this corner of South Africa all to yourself.If the night’s a little chilly for dining al fresco, you sit down for a seven-course dinner at the grand communal table. It’s a silver and crystal affair where the European training of chef Urs Nydegger is artfully reflected on the plate. Set into the two-metre-thick walls are wine racks stocked with bottles from some of the best Cape vineyards to enjoy with your meal.But there are no formal wine-lists, or printed menus here. The chef explains what you’ll be eating, and you’re welcome to select a bottle from the rack: “People should arrive here and feel as if it’s their castle,” Devlin tells me over a particularly good glass of Semillon.A separate courtyard ensures the revelry is kept away from the delightfully over-the-top Gothic bedrooms in a separate wing of the castle.Solid wooden doors require a hefty shove to make your way into the room – “All the better for keeping the deadlines out,” I think to myself – where a four-poster bed dominates the room.A free-standing tub has pride of place in the open-plan bathroom (a recent trend that not all travellers may be wild about) with views through to the lounge and the landscape beyond. Deep leather armchairs inspire afternoons with a favourite book, or quality time spent chatting and gazing at the horizon, enjoying the silence.I’m not one to sit still for too long though, so I take myself off for a sunset walk before dinner.Wandering along the plateau I’m struck by how a castle perched on a rocky outcrop can blend into the landscape so easily. Built of locally quarried sandstone, the castle and its four bedrooms tower above the surrounding farmlands, so high the swallows have to look up at the parapet as they soar along the cliffs. Below, fields of golden grass and lush lucerne meander in the gentle valleys, carefully ploughed into concentric lines like crop circles from chilled-out aliens.To the north puffs of cumulus skip along like skimming stones on a bright blue pond above the flat plains of the Free State, while just a few kilometres south ¬– literally across the nearby stream – is the neighbouring Kingdom of Lesotho.The Basotho are famous for their “equitable redistribution” of horses and cattle from South African farms. But, says Devlin: “We don’t really have any problems with the surrounding villages.” That may have something to do with the fact that the local chief keeps her own horses in the lush pastures here.The castle doesn’t currently offer horse riding, but there are activities aplenty to keep you busy. The 460-hectare reserve has wonderful walks laid out, along with some excellent single-track mountain-bike trails. The popular villages of Clarens and Ficksburg are not far off, while the Afri-Ski resort is also an easy drive away if you want to spend a day on the slopes in winter. The property is home to beautiful and ancient Bushman rock art.There is also a small spa on-site with hi-tech gadgets that allow you to DIY your own massages and steam room, but perhaps the true charm of Destiny Castle is its simple isolation, perched on the edge of a cliff away from the stress of daily life.“We call the castle a reflection resort,” says Devlin, “a place where you can simply come and reconnect with yourself, your loved one and your friends.”With only four rooms accommodating eight guests, it’s the perfect place for an intimate wedding, to celebrate a birthday milestone or one of those just-for-the-hell-of-it getaways that invariably create memories that last a lifetime.It’s still early in the year, but I’m sure – like me – you can already see the enemy approaching. Discretion is always the better part of valour; so when it feels like your defences won’t hold up … retreat! retreat! … to Destiny Castle.Travel advisoryDestiny Castle provides all-inclusive accommodation for a maximum of eight guests. At the castle all-inclusive means just that: breakfast, lunch, a seven-course dinner, drinks (including spirits and champagne), cigars, all activities and use of the spa are all included. For rates, packages and more information, visit www.destinycastle.co.za or call Devlin Fogg on +27 83 799 3003.
Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter defender Stefan de Vrij has pulled out of Holland’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Northern Ireland with a minor injury. The centre-back had been due to start this evening in Belfast. Instead, he is not even on the bench for this game, as he is not fully fit. According to Fox Sports and Mediaset Premium, it is not a serious injury and De Vrij agreed with coach Ronald Koeman to sit this one out. He felt a twinge during yesterday’s training session and preferred not to risk further damage, awaiting more tests.
Touch Football Australia’s National office in Canberra has been blessed for the past 14 years by the guidance and leadership of office manager Lyn Dunn. Unfortunately all good things must come to an end, and it is with reluctance that TFA bids farewell to Lyn as she finishes up her 14 year tenure with the National body tomorrow and moves on to greener pastures with a position in the real estate industry.Since becoming part of the Touch Football organisation in 1993, Lyn has undertaken myriad roles and responsibilities and assisted the sport through times of change. Lyn has overseen office management, building maintenance, human resources, invoice control, coding and financial processing, the national insurance scheme, affiliate record keeping, licensing and minute keeping at committee and annual general meetings. Those that have had the privilege to work with Lyn provide glowing reports of her professional and personal qualities. Mr. Peter Topp, former National Technical Manager at Touch Football Australia, worked with Lyn for several years and said her ability to work under pressure was outstanding.“Lyn managed the office and the environment; she managed the personnel side of things and the finance side of things in the earlier days before it was as big as it is. She managed all the affiliations, she managed all the insurance, so she did all the stuff that people don’t really like doing. “She did all the jobs that were necessary to keep the office and the organisation operational. She’s going to be a tremendous loss to the organisation. Our loss is someone else’s gain,” Mr. Topp said. Mr. Bill Ker currently a Director on the Touch Football Australia Board of Management, worked with Lyn for more than 11 years in his former role as the Chief Executive Officer of the National body, and echoed Mr. Topp’s sentiments. Mr. Ker said Lyn’s diligence and dedication were among most impressive attributes. “She had a clock in her office but I don’t think she ever looked at it. You usually had to tell Lyn to go home rather than the other way round. Her integrity and her presence of mind to make sure the job got done were basically irreplaceable in my opinion, and that brushed off onto all the other staff as well,” Ker said. Lyn’s focus on maintaining the appearance of the office environment has been legendary. “We all used to have a heart attack if someone spilled a coffee on the office carpet. You were always trying to move something over the top of it so Lyn wouldn’t see it because she was just so keen to make sure that building looked like it did the day we moved into it. So there was always a joke about that; don’t spill any coffee or Lyn will have your guts for garters,” Mr. Ker said. Lyn’s presence in the TFA National office will be irreplaceable but her legacy will be the knowledge that she has imparted on the people that have worked with her. Everyone that has been part of the Touch Football community over the past decade would have had contact with Lyn, whether directly or indirectly. She has made an immense contribution to the sport, especially in the field of best practice administration.Former President of the Federation of International Touch, Mr. Cary Thompson who has known and worked with her in various capacities for National and International events, said Lyn’s best qualities were her honesty, reliability, and capacity to care about what was happening within the organisation. “She was pretty efficient in completing tasks that you would ask her to do. If you wanted it done, it was done yesterday, not in a week’s time,” he said. Touch Football Australia CEO, Mr. Colm Maguire, whilst sad to see the National body’s longest serving employee go, was glowing in his praise for Lyn’s contribution to the sport.“Lyn is held in the highest regard by so many people in the sport nation wide. Her dedication, commitment, and professionalism led the way for the organisation for the last 14 years and it will not be easy to replace a person of Lyn’s calibre. We do know that she will be a tremendous acquisition for her new employers, and we wish her every success and happiness in the next chapter of her life, she will be remembered fondly by the TFA family and the firm friendships she has made will remain, ” Mr. Maguire said.
Chelsea manager Lampard announces Jorginho as vice-captainby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard has announced Jorginho is the club’s vice-captain.Last season Gary Cahill was selected as club captain whenever he was on the pitch by Maurizio Sarri, with Cesar Azpilicueta named as vice-captain – but the Spaniard has now become the club captain.Speaking ahead of the game against Southampton on Sunday, Lampard said: “Yes, Jorginho is vice-captain as it stands. [Azpilicueta] is the captain and that was clear at the start of the season and I think his professionalism and career here speaks for itself. “Jorginho, I keep talking about him, is a character and a driver. It is very evident to see on the pitch. That’s the situation as it stands.” While the 27-year-old is not fluent in English, he has been boosting his language skills in a bid to improve his standing as a leader. Lampard says he believes Jorginho is “a character and a driver” on and off the pitch.”It is obviously important, we always try here to push that along as soon as players come in because communication is key on and off the pitch,” Lampard said. “He crosses the borders as it is easy when you come in sometimes to stay within groups of nationalities. Jorginho doesn’t. He is a driver on and off the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Vlatko Andonovski poised to become new coach of US women’s teamby Ian Ferris11 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVlatko Andonovski is set to become the new head coach of the United States women’s football team.The 43-year-old is currently in charge of National Women’s Soccer League side Reign FC in Seattle.Previous head coach Jill Ellis took charge of her final game on 6 October, having won two World Cups with the US. TagsMLS NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say
New Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) Monday said India was granted permission to wear camouflage military caps in the third ODI against Australia as a tribute to the country’s armed forces, a gesture which Pakistan has objected to. In the third ODI in Ranchi on March 8, the Indian team sported military caps as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama terror attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted,” ICC’s General Manager Strategic Communications Claire Furlong said. The Pakistan Cricket Board had sent a strongly-worded letter to the ICC, calling for action against India for wearing the caps. “They took permission from ICC for some other purpose and used it to do something else, which is not acceptable,” PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani said on Sunday. Last month, the BCCI had asked the ICC to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates” following the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed. The responsibility of the attack was taken by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed.
Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has assured hoteliers that the government will give them maximum financial relief to revive the lucrative tourism industry hit by the country’s worst terror attack on Easter Sunday that killed 253 people, including 42 foreigners. Tourism accounts for about five per cent of Sri Lanka’s economy, with India, Britain and China being the main markets. India is the largest source market for Sri Lanka, which received 2.3 million tourists from around the world in 2018. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAround 450,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year and the island nation was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million in 2019. President Sirisena acknowledged during his meeting on Monday with the country’s hoteliers that the tourism and hotel industries were worst hit after the string of powerful blasts ripped through three churches and as many luxury hotels on Easter Sunday, killing 253 people and injuring more than 500 others. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe bombs tore through three five-star hotels in Colombo: the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri La and the Kingsbury. Forty two foreigners, including 11 Indian nationals, died in the attacks. Sirisena requested Central Bank Governor Indrajit Coomaraswamy to provide “maximum financial relief” immediately to the hoteliers, Sunday Times reported. Hotels Association President Sanath Ukwatte said hoteliers had invested large sums of money in the development of the hotels and requested the government to provide a moratorium or waiver on the capital and interest for a period of at least two years. During the meeting, the hoteliers also asked the government to hire the services of a professional public relations and communications unit to send out one message to the world. President Sirisena agreed to appoint a Cabinet sub-committee to look into the requirements of the hoteliers, the report said.
NEW DELHI: BJP chief Amit Shah’s first roadshow in Kolkata ended with violence, arson and a police lathicharge Tuesday as the rallyists clashed with students holding “Amit Shah Go Back” posters. Shah called it an attempt to “strangulate democracy”. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the violence was triggered by goons the BJP brought from outside Bengal.Violence erupted Tuesday evening at the gates of Calcutta University. Some students in the campus allegedly shouted anti-BJP slogans and BJP supporters rushed at them with rods. Policemen stepped in to prevent a clash. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkLess than a kilometre down College Street, Amit Shah’s van passed by Vidyasagar College but rallyists following him allegedly charged at the students standing with “Go Back Amit Shah” posters. The BJP supporters rushed into the campus, set motorcycles on fire and vandalised the bust of Iswar Chandra Vidyasagar – a 19th-century educationist and social reformer. Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee visited the college in the evening. The police initially used batons to bring the crowd under control. Later, several people were arrested for the violence, a police officer said. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenA BJP delegation, comprising Union ministers Nirmala Sitharaman, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, GVL Narasimha Rao and others went to the Election Commission Tuesday evening over the clashes. Shah said while clashes erupted police remained a mute spectator. He said he was told by police that the permission for the roadshow ended near the college and that he will be taken to the ancestral home of Swami Vivekananda on Bidhan Sarani. Banerjee hit right back, calling Shah a “goonda”. “If you lay your hands on Vidyasagar, what will I call you other than a goonda,” she told a rally in Behala in the city. “I hate your ideology, I hate your ways,” she said and announced a protest rally on Thursday against the vandalisation of the bust of Vidyasagar. Gautam Kundu, principal of Vidyasagar college said, “The BJP supporters carrying party flags barged inside the office and started abusing us. They tore papers, ransacked the offices and union rooms and while leaving desecrated the bust of Vidyasagar. They locked the gates and set bikes and motorcycles on fire”. A few students were injured by the BJP supporters, he said.
Kolkata: The Election Commission will retain 200 companies of Central Forces in the state till May 27, to assist counting and also to handle post-poll violence, if any. Out of the 200 companies, 82 will be deployed for the counting centres while the rest will be deployed in areas where the commission anticipates post-poll violence.”The remaining 510 companies of Central Forces that were present in the state during the last phase of elections on Sunday, will move out now,” a senior EC official said. According to the EC official, there will be 58 counting centres across the state, with at least one centre in each of the 42 parliamentary constituencies. There will be 144 observers deputed for the counting process. “There will be a three-tier security system and section 144 will be imposed around all counting centres. The first layer will be maintained by the state police to keep interested people out of the purview of the counting centres. The second layer will be managed by the state armed police, while the third layer – in and around the counting halls – will be maintained by the Central Forces,” the official said. Apart from the returning officers and the observers, none will be allowed with mobile phones and cameras within the counting halls. All the halls will be under CCTV surveillance and will be covered by webcasting so that it can be directly controlled by the Commission. The candidates will have to give detailed lists of the counting agents beforehand. All the people allowed to enter the counting halls will be closely frisked. The vehicles carrying the EVMs will be GPS-enabled, so that their movement can be tracked. According to sources in the CEO’s office in Bengal, the entire process of counting might take 14 hours or more. Only one table will be counted at a time. Once it is finished, counting will start for the next table. 5 percent of VVPATs will be counted from each Assembly constituency. VVPATs will be counted after the completion of counting the ballot units.